Rose ‘Celeste’ with blue spurless aquilegias and dames violet (Hesperis) – though today the rose is with Geranium psilostemon and a lovely double form of the wildling Geranium pratense.

With a long and narrow garden, running S-N, at a certain time of evening, when the softening light slants down in over walls and neighbouring buildings, one side of the garden is awash with gold, the other side veiled in blue shadows.  One such recent evening made me wonder whether I should be planting with that sort of lighting in mind…  pale colours for the blue side, hot colours for the setting sun.

but then there’s the morning sun from the other side.  Blast.  That needs flowers with translucent petals…  ah, oriental poppies!

Papaver orientalis form with a self-sown form of Astrantia


About david stuart

garden writer and journalist, and occasionally a designer, with a garden in the Scottish borders, and his pal's gardens in Edinburgh, London, and Lincolnshire. They keep both of us very, very busy. Books I've written listed on my website, and dozens of articles and garden and plant pictures. Currently working on several new projects. One of these was to return to painting - see the blog - and which is proving exciting! or, more fun, have a look at
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